After nearly one full year, I’ve decided that it’s time to reinstate my ‘Bean Loves Mama Loves‘ series (see a previous post, here), but this time with a fresh new feel. Every couple of weeks, I’ll be sharing what Bean and I are wearing, slathering, reading and playing with… hope you love it as much as I’ve loved compiling this little post!
WEARING | Stripes, stripes, and more stripes! I’m just a teeny bit obsessed with stripes (polka dots, too), and it seems that Bean has inherited this love, too. Must be genetic! Seriously, though – Bean has little to no say in what he wears, and fortunately he doesn’t seem to mind very much. As a result, I’ve loved dressing him up in this sweet striped Tee from Kapas Baby & Toddler, paired with these cargo shorts and cute little canvas shoes (seriously, have a look at these shoes – they are to die for!)
As always, summer has hung around well into March in these parts, so I’ve been taking every opportunity to catch some rays (while wearing SPF, of course). I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect bikini for months, but it was The Husband who spotted this stunning bikini at Woolies a couple of months ago. Stripes and polka dots? My life is complete! (Also, Toy Nail Polish in ‘Azul Neon’ is my go-to summer polish. It’s pure perfection – especially after a self-tan session!)
SLATHERING | Those of you who’ve met Bean IRL will know – the boy’s got HAIR! Luckily for him, his mama has a thing for beauty, so his little locks have been privy to some of the beauty world’s biggest and best brands. Truthfully, though? I’ve found that the best products for Bean’s hair (and his body, might I add) are homegrown. This lovely Kids Conditioner from Naturals Beauty is one of my favourite products – for both Bean’s hair and mine! Ingredients are all completely natural and include Jojoba oil to soften and nourish the hair, while soothing calendula and chamomile condition a sensitive scalp and give this conditioner a lovely, gentle scent that lingers in the hair but isn’t overpowering in the slightest. It leaves Bean’s hair soft and shiny, and I’ve found that it works a treat on detangling knots in my own hair. (Also – bonus! – it’s a leave-in conditioner, so there’s no need to fuss with rinsing your littlie’s hair for a second time. A welcome relief in this household, since Bean hates having his hair rinsed!) (Oh, and PS: it’s also soap- SLS-free!)
I love a good beauty bargain, so I was thrilled when I stumbled upon Good Things’ new Manuka Honey range, which is now available at Clicks. This particular range is specifically designed to help keep your skin clear, while providing hydration and anti-ageing benefits; perfect for my skin, which I recently found out is rather dry – despite the constant breakouts! Founded by beauty journalist, Alice Hart-Davis, Good Things is a UK brand that makes use of natural ingredients and contains no parabens, sodium laureth sulphate or sodium laurel sulphate, and no mineral oils or other petrochemicals. They also don’t test on animals – a big drawcard for me during recent months. I’ve been using the Manuka Honey Creamy Cleanser (R69,95) in the mornings and at night, followed by the Manuka Honey Daily Moisturiser (R109,95). For an added boost, I apply the Manuka Honey Radiance Face Mask (R74,95) to freshly cleansed skin two to three times per week.
READING | I spotted ‘Peek-A-Poo: What’s in Your Nappy?’ by Guido Van Genechten at Exclusive Books while I was still pregnant with Bean, and I simply had to have it. Little Mouse is incredibly curious and goes around asking all his friends whether he can peek inside their nappies… Although I initially bought this book because I thought it was hilarious, now that Bean’s two, I’ve realised that it’s actually pretty useful as we approach the potty training stage – regardless of just how rude it may seem. (Bean’s also become pretty adept at describing poop – think ‘there’s a cow pat, mama’, ‘one pointy poo’, or ‘three goat droppings’ and you’re on the right track. Hours of entertainment… for both Bean and I!)
I’ve had The Ultimate Happiness Prescription by Deepak Chopra for years, but I’ve only just recently picked it up and started reading it. It’s a thin little book, but it contains some BIG thoughts. Needless to say, I’ve only managed to work my way through two out of the seven principals outlines in this book. Plenty to think about!
PLAYING WITH | My mom is Afrikaans and my home language growing up was Afrikaans, so it’s very important to me that Bean has a grasp of the language. I recently downloaded ‘Afrikaans Shapes and Colours’, an educational app by Xander Apps to help keep Bean entertained on long car journeys or flights, while teaching him six basic shapes and primary and secondary colours in Afrikaans. What I love most about this user-friendly app is that there are no pop-ups or in-app purchases, so I don’t have to panic about any accidental credit card purchases! Bean loves to play ‘the crocodile game’ and has already learnt to pick out red, blue and yellow – in both English and Afrikaans! LOVE this app!
Mama’s also been playing around with colour this month – on my eyes, that is! I recently popped by Dischem to pick up a prescription and I couldn’t resist this gorgeous L.A. Girl Smoky EyeShadow Collection. With 12 beautiful matte and shimmery shades to choose from, this palette is a must for your makeup kit – particularly if you’re a fan of dramatic, smoky eyes. The velvety soft shadows blend like a dream and boast great colour payoff, and the R52 price tag is a real score. There are four palettes on offer: Neon (a selection of brights), Nude (a selection of pinks, browns and nude shadows that’s been likened to the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette), and Ultra (a beautiful collection of purple shadows – perfect for making brown and green eyes pop!). Sadly, these have been sold out at every Dischem I’ve been to in recent weeks, but keep your eyes peeled all the same: these palettes are perfection!